The Star Wars comic department didn’t have enough books going out so they decided to start a large event of filler. These books being filler isn’t quite bad, it just means none of these one-shot comics that are being released do much to push the stories of the individual characters. They have mostly been day in the life of…
Jody Houser is not doing a bad job. The writing in the stories have been solid to very good. In the areas of dialogue and plot structure in a one-shot the books have been good. But it’s obvious she has not been given the level of permission that Charles Soule had to create something really new or to even have some connecting elements going across the event.
After Charles Soule’s run on Darth Vader and all the work Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron have done on Star Wars and Darth Vader, I feel like they’ve added to the personalities and stories of the beloved characters and the lesser characters and even created new additions that fit in the galaxy like Doctor Aphra.
But these one-shots have not moved the needle even a little bit. They are just reinforcements of each of these characters actions and personalities.
There is very little happening that will ever need to be referenced in another book. And maybe that’s on purpose, maybe Marvel Comics just wanted to write single serve stories. But whether on purpose or not, that’s the definition of filler.
This issue of Count Dooku is one of the better entries into the Age of Republic series. Dooku was created to be thrown away and treated that way in the prequel films, but Clone Wars helped bring him up a notch of popularity and interest. Now he is character that is underused and has a lot of potential for storytelling. There is interest now to see comics or books about his political dealings as leader of the separatists, his time as a Jedi and even his childhood as a noble in the galaxy.
This one-shot only touched on his noble background. For the most part it stuck to his role in Clone Wars as a proxy for Palpatine and the story highlights his brutality for the cause of the Sith and political gain. It will not go down as a classic Star Wars story but it was a fun read.
VERDICT: BUY IF YOU’RE A CRAZY STAR WARS FAN AND CRAZY COMIC FAN AND A COMPLETEST. OTHERWISE FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO SPEND YOUR MONEY ON.